Water Test Results and Call to Action
One South Oakland residence's water recently tested at a 25 ppb for lead, well over the 15 parts per billion (ppb) considered a high level of lead based on government standards. That particular house is fairly newly constructed, so the source is likely the connection to the house or the main supply lines. We encourage everyone to have their water tested in South Oakland. 
For more information on getting a free testing kit, visit
PWSA is currently mandated by DEP and EPA to replace seven percent of publicly-owned lead service lines per year. With a unanimous vote, City Council recently passed legislation that positions the city to help Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority customers replace private lead service lines when PWSA completes adjacent line work, but no funding yet.  If more people get their water tested in South Oakland, and the readings are similarly high, we as a neighborhood can appeal to Council President Kraus to make South Oakland a priority when the City plans any action. 


Applications for Civic Leadership Academy are due August 4! 
Civic Leadership Academy is a free, 11-week course that encourages more informed, effective and inspired community and civic leadership by giving City residents an opportunity to learn about their local government.
  • Classes are every Wednesday, 6:00-8:30 PM, from September 6 – November 15, 2017
  • Applicants must be residents of the City of Pittsburgh or own a business within the City limits
  • Applications are due by Friday, August 4, 2017
For more information, visit the CLA Website at
or call Molly Onufer, the CLA coordinator at 412-255-4773

Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Housing Authority, and the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority today announced the opening application period for the second cycle of the PGH Lab program. 
PGH Lab is a program designed to connect local startup companies with the City of Pittsburgh to explore new ways to use technology and new services to make local government more efficient, transparent, sustainable and inclusive. The program gives the companies an opportunity to beta test their products and gain valuable feedback. During the pilot period startups will be connected with a “city champion” that will guide them through the 3- 4-month pilot period. 

Recently, Pittsburgh City Council has adopted a Complete Streets Policy. As a part of that policy, a Complete Streets Advisory Board will be formed to advise the City on best practices and projects for more bike-friendly and walkable streets.
More information on the new policy can be found here
On the Advisory Board will be 4 resident representatives. The Department of City Planning is accepting applications for resident representatives.
The application can be found here. 
City Council passed Councilman Daniel Lavelle's legislation that creates a Housing Opportunity Fund for Pittsburgh. The Fund will ensure that every neighborhood in our city receives the investment it needs and that longtime residents are able to share in the “New Pittsburgh.” The Fund will help stop the displacement of low income individuals by keeping housing affordable, and create strong, stable communities where all Pittsburghers can thrive. 
Pittsburgh is currently facing a shortage of nearly 17,000 affordable rental units. The lack of affordable housing has become a pressing issue in recent years as new development has driven up the housing prices in neighborhoods long occupied by low and middle income residents. This legislation will address the issue of creating affordable options in the City of Pittsburgh. 

Mayor William Peduto's administration is implementing a new mapping tool to make building permit and zoning information easy to search and view.  
Legislation is being introduced to Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday to purchase software and support services from "buildingeye," a firm that builds interactive city maps to track planning, permit, license and violation data. 
Through the data visualization tool, residents, businesses, developers and others will be able to view and search a detailed map that shows all building and zoning data happening in every neighborhood citywide. The tool is currently used by city and county governments in San Francisco, Colorado, Oregon and elsewhere. 
Please join the Zone 4 Public Safety Council, the Pittsburgh Police and Chief McLay for a town hall meeting this Thursday, Sept. 15th, 6-9 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Firefighters #1 Union Hall at 120 Flowers Avenue, Hazelwood.
  • Share public safety concerns.
  • Review crime statistics.
  • Provide feedback on community and police relations.
  • Tell us how the police can better serve your community.
  • Refreshments will be served.
Voting information now available by text; 2 million in Pa. aren't registered
Pennsylvania has just launched a voter registration text messaging service. Eligible Pennsylvania citizens can text the word "PA" to "2Vote" (28683) on their smartphones. The user will receive a link that provides direct access to the online voter registration application, voter registration status, polling place locator and link to contacts for county offices and the Department of State. 
The text message link also provides users with important dates and deadlines significant to the Nov. 8 general election. Standard messaging rates may apply.  
Know someone who's not registered to vote? Oct. 11 is the deadline to register before the Nov. 8 election, when candidates for president, U.S. senator and other offices will be on the ballot. Pennsylvania now has online registration at www.votespa.com.  
Questions? Call the Allegheny County Elections Division at 412-350-4500. 
Other important deadlines:
•    Nov. 1: Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot 
•    Nov. 4: Last day to return a completed civilian absentee ballot

Wednesday, August 31, 5:00PM
5034 Forbes Avenue, Cohon University Center, Room: Rangos 3 (2nd Floor) 
PennDOT, City of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA) will share the Forbes Avenue Safety Improvements' project schedule and design plans at the meeting.The project proposes to make transportation safety and efficiency improvements on Forbes Avenue, from S. Craig Street to Beeler Street. 
Please show up on Wednesday to have your voice heard. 
Safety on Forbes Avenue came to the forefront last fall with the death of Susan Hicks, who was riding her bike home from the University of Pittsburgh, where she worked. Safe, connected bike infrastructure throughout Oakland is critical. 
The safety improvement projects are scheduled to take place beginning fall 2017 through summer 2018. 
September 6, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
6th Floor, City-County Building 
The Mayor's Office in partnership with the URA will host a complimentary, government focused, Small Business Resource Fair. The purpose of the event is to offer small business owners in-person access to representatives from all relevant departments within city services (zoning, permits, ADA compliance, etc.). You will have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered ― all in one location. This event would be ideal for small business owners such as restaurateurs, retail owners, contractors, etc. 

Applications for the Fall 2016 Civic Leadership Academy are now available!  The Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) is a FREE ten week course that offers City residents an inside look on how City departments and authorities operate. Throughout the course, 12 City departments and authorities present on their day-to-day operations, budgets, new initiatives, and upcoming projects. Residents have the opportunity to ask questions, tour facilities, and network with fellow civic-minded residents. 
Applications are due August 5th, and classes begin Wednesday, September 14th. Classes are held every Wednesday for 10 weeks from 6-8:30 pm downtown, as well as various locations throughout the city.     

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Spring 2016 Public Safety Meeting.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 20th at 6:00pm at Teamster's Temple #2409, located at 4701 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (15201)
"Keeping Our Neighborhood Treasures Safe"
Learn About Local Resources And Initiatives That Will Keep Your Community Safe…Especially Our Senior Population, Their Caregivers And Those Who Are Our Most Vulnerable.
MEET: Mayor William Peduto, Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich, Police Command Staff And Zone Officers.
HEAR: From Bureau Chiefs Of Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Animal Care And Control, As Well As Emergency Response & Homeland Security.

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The notice is hereby given by the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA that it’s FY 2016 Consolidated Annual Action Plan has been prepared. The City intends to submit its FY 2016 Consolidated Annual Action Plan in the amount of $12,753,055 for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds;  
$1,691,816 in HOME funds; $1,149,245 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds; and $735,136 in HOPWA funds. The FY 2016 Consolidated Annual Action Plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on or before April 15, 2016. 
The City will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 on the FY 2016 Consolidated Annual Action Plan. The purpose of the public hearing is to receive testimony or comments on the draft FY 2016 Consolidated Annual Action Plan document. The meeting will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in the First Floor Conference Room, 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. The building is handicapped accessible through the rear.
In order to obtain the views of citizens, public agencies and other interested parties, the City of Pittsburgh will place its Consolidated Annual Action Plan for FY 2016 on display and online from March 11, 2016 through April 11, 2016, at the City of Pittsburgh’s website (http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/community-development/cdbg).
See the attached document for more information

To vote in the next election, you must complete your application by 03/28/2016. You can submit your application:
  • Online through the link below
  • Delivered to your county voter registration office.
  • By mail to your county voter registration office, postmarked by 03/28/2016. 
  • Click on the link below to download a blank voter registration form
  • If you are on active duty in the military, or you are a hospitalized or bedridden veteran, you can register at any time.